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Antique French Ruby Glass & Ormolu Mounted Scent Bottle 19th C

Antique French Ruby Glass Ormolu Mounted Scent Bottle | Antique French Scent Bottle | Ref. no. 08573 Sold

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As you can see by just by glancing at the photographs we have supplied with this listing, this is a very decorative piece that will display very well wherever you decide to put it, in a display cabinet or perhaps on a dressing table.

Ormolu can no longer be made of course due to its dangerous use of Mercury in the production process and that has only added to the rarity of pieces that were made before the process was made illegal (in France) and replaced by safer methods such as electroplating. It is, of course, no longer dangerous in its finished form and that is very good news because it means that you can enjoy this piece with complete peace of mind.

It is difficult to pick out the most attractive parts of this antique French scent bottle - it is wonderful in its entirety but there are several standout features, namely the lovely ormolu mounts and the wonderful miniature enamel rendition of the Arc de Triomphe.

This French antique scent bottle stands just nine inches high making it suitable for use in any size of room and even the smallest of display cabinets. Despite its diminutive size it is impressive, due in no small part to the quality of decoration and depth of colour of the glass scent bottle itself.

The scent bottle is fitted with a bronze spigot tap which is positioned immediately above a mother of pearl drip pan which is made in the form of a shell. The bottle is mounted onto a base of Carrara marble.

This scent bottle is offered for sale in excellent condition but it does have some signs of wear as might be expected from a piece of its age - we have dated it to be from around 1800.

If You Would Like To View This Antique French Scent Bottle

It is always best to inspect any item that you are considering investing in personally if you possibly can and we do therefore recommend that you pay a visit to our north London showroom in order to see this scent bottle for yourself. Whilst you are here you will also be able to view our other items of antique silverware, cutlery and other sterling silver items.

It is advisable however, if you do intend to make a journey specifically to see this scent bottle, to contact us ahead of your proposed visit in order to confirm that it is still available as it may have already have been reserved or sold. Please quote the item’s unique reference number, as shown above, when contacting us so that we know which of our many pieces you wish to discuss with us.

Regent Antiques – London Showroom Opening Hours

You are invited to visit our north London showroom which is open to the public on Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm for you to view and inspect this French glass scent bottle with ormolu mounts. We also open occasionally on Saturdays but please contact us before making a journey on a Saturday as we do not open every week and would not want you to have a wasted trip.

If You Would Like More Information

To discover more about this lovely French scent bottle and to get the answers to any questions that you might have about this or any other item we are offering for sale, please contact us and talk to our in-house antiques experts by calling the number as shown above or by email if you prefer. When contacting us please have to hand the item reference, also shown above, so we can be sure about which item you are interested in.

Shipping, Delivery and Returns

This is a fine scent bottle and we want it to reach you in the same, excellent condition that it leaves us in. It will require expert packing and transportation in order to ship it safely to your address. We can deliver this item to almost any location across the world and we will of course arrange the packing for you. However, before purchasing, please contact us for a shipping quotation so that we can fully understand and address your requirements. Please note that we deliver free of charge to mainland UK destinations.

If you are not satisfied with the item you receive, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this French antique scent bottle unless we have inaccurately described it in some way and you do not receive the item as described. You must return the article in its original packaging and condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 23 x Width 18 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:

Height 9 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 5 inches

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08573